Evangeline Training Center works with EPA

June 28, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Evangeline Training Center works with EPA

One of the state’s premiere training facilities for quarter horse and thoroughbred racehorses has announced that it is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the quality of standards at its location in Carencro.

Year-round, Carrol Castille, owner of the Evangeline Training Center, provides stalls and the latest equipment for trainers and their racehorses from around the country.

Established in 2003, the facility features everything from common walkers and an equine pool to a hyperbaric chamber for horses recovering from injuries.

Negotiations with the EPA began in 2013 when inspectors first raised questions about meeting new standards. Because the facility is located on the same site as the old Evangeline Downs, which opened in 1966, prior to existing EPA regulations, the training center has operated with the understanding that it was grandfathered in and not held to the most recent guidelines.

Castille and the EPA are working on an agreement on what it will take to bring the facility into compliance and he is now in the process of doing that. These changes will involve construction of a water treatment facility, which would be used to treat storm water  before it leaves the property.

“Despite what you may have heard, the EPA is not interested in closing my facility. We are working together to improve the quality of required standards, everything else is business as usual”, says Carrol Castille.

The Evangeline Training Center is located at 3620 NE Evangeline Thrwy in Carencro. 337.896.4268